Cosmetic Dentistry Blog of Dr Sussman & Pogal

Providing better smiles to Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport & Nearby Areas of New York

August 14, 2017

Special ZOOM whitening rebate in Rochester NYWould you love to have whiter, brighter teeth but are waiting for a special discount? Now is your chance! In Rochester, the experienced dentists at our office are promoting a $180 rebate for Zoom teeth whitening. Ask our office how to take advantage. This special offer is valid for the month of August, 2017, with the potential to extend into future months. Call our office for more details.

When you choose our practice not only can you take advantage of this rebate, you'll also receive whitening gel you can take home with you. Using this gel, you can touch up your results at home, extending the longevity of your results.

The Zoom whitening system is really the right way to go. It allows you to have your teeth whitened to the shade of your choice (up to 8 shades whiter) in a single 1-hour appointment. You'll walk out of our office with a bright, gorgeous smile. These immediate results can be deeply gratifying and provide a definite lift in self-confidence.

With Zoom in-office whitening, not only is the treatment fast, but it's also safe, effective and painless. You'll wear a rubber mouthpiece to protect your lips and gums. Then the LED device is aimed at your teeth, just like when the dental hygienist aims the x-ray machine at your teeth for your routine bite wings.

To take advantage of this special teeth whitening price, please call our experienced staff at 585-227-4390 to arrange your appointment. We are located in Rochester, New York, and our patients visit us from all over, including from Webster, Greece and Fairport.

August 09, 2017

A smile makeover is a comprehensive approach to rejuvenating your smile. Instead of addressing one or two aspects of your teeth, a smile makeover addresses each and every dental goal you have. If you are unhappy with the way your teeth and smile look, or even the appearance of your gums, then a smile makeover may be right for you. Our experienced cosmetic dentists in Rochester can help you decide. At our dental practice, we have seen the life-changing positive effect a smile makeover can have. A renewal of self-confidence and self-esteem is a common result of this type of dentistry. To arrange a consultation at our office, please complete the form on this page or call our staff at 585-227-4390.

July 26, 2017

Dentures and dental implants are both means of replacing missing teeth. Traditionally, dentures are placed over the gums, and removed every night before bedtime. Dental implants are small, titanium posts designed to replicate a tooth root. They are implanted in the boney ridge beneath your teeth. To replace the upper, visible portion of tooth, one of three restorations may be used on top of the dental implant: a tooth crown, dentures or a dental bridge. Some of these options are fixed and non-removable, although dentures can be designed to snap on and off of dental implants, if you want a removable restoration.

The best way to decide which tooth replacement is right for you is to arm yourself with information. The experienced dentists at our Rochester, NY, office are personally committed to getting you the information you need. After meeting with you and examining your teeth, we can discuss each and every option available to you. To arrange a FREE consultation, please call our staff at 585-227-4390.

July 20, 2017

Temporomandibular joint disorder, called "TMJ," can cause a variety of painful symptoms, including chronic headaches and facial soreness. At the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal, we offer real-world solutions for this common dental problem. Unfortunately, TMJ often goes undiagnosed. General pain is difficult for non-dental professionals to connect to TMJ. Headache treatments may be recommended to you, but these won't get at the actual cause of your symptoms.

Our experienced dentists first determine the most relaxed, ideal position of your bite and jaws. Then we create a customized orthotic device that holds the jaw in that position, thereby relieving tension, stress and exertion on the TMJ. A misaligned bite can cause strain in these joints, which could be causing your symptoms.

If you live in Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport or any of the surrounding areas and are ready to find effective relief for your TMJ symptoms, please call our experienced staff at 585-227-4390.

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July 13, 2017

Enamel erosion treatment in RochesterEnamel is the outer coating of your teeth. It's very hard, and it protects the dentin beneath. Even though enamel is strong, it's possible for it to erode. Worn enamel leaves your teeth vulnerable to sensitivity and decay.

Here are some of the most common causes of enamel erosion:

  • Soda and other carbonated drinks
  • Carbonated water
  • Fruit juice
  • Forceful brushing
  • Teeth grinding
  • Chronic dry mouth

Acids present in citrus, carbonated beverages and fruit juices wear away enamel over time. But erosion can also be caused by physical forces such as abrasion and teeth clenching. Certain medications can also corrode enamel. The eating disorder bulimia is another cause.

Depending on the extent to which your enamel has eroded, you may be able to prevent further damage, or you may require one of the following restorations to protect the teeth:

  • Tooth crowns
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth bonding

You can't really re-grow tooth enamel after it has been stripped away. But the tooth restorations above can re-build the tooth and protect it from further damage. To prevent enamel erosion, consider the following tips:

  • Use light, gentle pressure when you brush your teeth
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Cut back on or eliminate soda and fruit juices from your diet (alternatively, use a straw when drinking these beverages to prevent the liquid from touching your teeth)
  • Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production, which contains minerals that strengthen your teeth

Rely on our dentists to solve your dental health problems. Schedule an appointment with us today if you suspect your enamel may be eroded or if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity for some reason. Please call our Rochester, NY office at 585-227-4390.

June 20, 2017

Various types of braces offer the orthodontic patient more options than ever before. While teens and children still tend to prefer colorful rubber bands and traditional braces, adults may opt for tooth-colored brackets or Invisalign®. Whatever your preference, the experienced dentists at the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal can help you find the right treatment to improve your bite and your smile.

To arrange a consultation, please call 585-227-4390. We proudly care for people from Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport and surrounding areas in New York.

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June 14, 2017

Dental implant care in Rochester NYOnce your dental implants have healed, you'll be able to fully enjoy the benefits of these outstanding tooth replacements. Chewing, speaking and smiling will feel as comfortable and natural as before you lost teeth. Caring for your dental implants long-term is also easy, as long as you practice proper dental hygiene.

The following are care tips for your dental implants:

  • Brush at least twice a day. There is no need to brush more often with dental implants, or to use a different type of toothbrush than you do normally.
  • Don't neglect the dental implant when brushing and flossing. It's true the porcelain restoration atop the dental implant cannot decay. But the gum tissue and surrounding teeth can become infected and decayed. You must reduce plaque and food debris on all of your teeth, including on the dental implants, in order to maintain a healthy oral cavity.
  • Visit the dentist for your routine appointments. Our experienced dentists will help you maintain your dental implants for the long-term. With regular dental cleanings and exams, we ensure the cleanliness of the restoration and check for signs of any problems.

Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal are dedicated to the lasting dental wellness of each of their guests. If you are interested in dental implants, we will fill you in on all of the details. We want you to know what to expect from the treatment process as well as the long-term performance of these restorations. Our dentists will also determine if you are a good candidate for any other type of tooth replacement, so that you get the full picture of your options.

To schedule a consultation in Rochester, NY, please call 585-227-4390, or contact us by completing the form on this page.

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June 07, 2017

Call the experienced dentists at the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal to find out if mini dental implants are right for you. These smaller mini dental implants are a good option for a wide variety of patients. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced dentists in Rochester, NY, please call 585-227-4390.

May 24, 2017

A smile analysis is a comprehensive assessment of your teeth, gums and entire oral cavity. We assess your smile as part of a tailored approach to achieving your cosmetic and general dental goals. To arrange your consultation and smile analysis with our experienced Rochester dentists, please call our team at 585-227-4390.

May 16, 2017

Sleep apnea treatment in Rochester NYMillions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Hundreds of thousands of new cases are diagnosed each year. There's no good way to know exactly how many cases go undiagnosed. If you suffer from sleep apnea, treatment is necessary to restore your ability to get restful, restorative sleep.

At the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal, we are proud to provide one of the most effective, comfortable forms of treatment: the mouth splint. You may have also heard this treatment referred to as a snoring device, sleep appliance or mandibular advancing splint. There is a wide variety of brands. We use the MicrO2.

You may wonder, how does the sleep device prevent sleep apnea? It works by holding your jaws forward, in their proper position, so that the tissues of your throat and the back of your mouth cannot droop into your airway. It is the drooping of these tissues that causes an obstruction of your airway while you sleep, thereby cutting off the flow of oxygen until your brain rouses you enough to open your airway.

If you suffer from this sleep disorder, you may have repeated episodes of airway blockage dozens to hundreds of times a night. It makes it virtually impossible to get the high-quality, restorative sleep your brain and body need. Some of the potential long-term consequences of untreated sleep apnea are:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression and other mood changes
  • Extreme daytime fatigue

If you think you may have sleep apnea, we urge you to contact our dentists. Once a physician diagnoses the disorder, we can provide treatment to restore restful sleep.

To schedule a consultation with our experienced dentists in Rochester, please call our staff at 585-227-4390. We are proud to provide care to people from across the region, including the areas of Webster, Greece and Fairport, NY.

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